According to market research firm Global Industry Analysts, Inc.'s (GIA) Fiber-Based Broadcast Video Transport Services: A US Market Report, the broadcasting industry has undergone a sea change over the last few years, during which copper cabling has taken a back seat to fiber optics. Fiber-based networks are increasingly being used by broadcasters for delivering taped as well as live programming to and from central offices, associates, and isolated locations, the report states.
Dedicated services dominate the US fiber-based broadcast video transport services market, the report states. Buoyed by the increasing adoption of terrestrial services and emerging transport technologies such as Ethernet, the dedicated bandwidth services market is projected to reach $183.7 million by 2012. On the other hand, non-dedicated or occasional bandwidth services are slowly losing their share to dedicated services, according to GIA.
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Fiber-optic cables also are increasingly being preferred over satellites due to fiber’s ability to transmit large amounts of digital video between major locations at a more economical price. Moreover, fiber cables also offer superior picture quality to satellite, which is a crucial prerequisite for sports programming as sports videos demand enhanced compression rates when the camera is capturing fast movements, the report states.
GIA adds that the fiber-based broadcast video transport services market also has seen the emergence of hybrid broadcasting services. Advantages and strengths of both satellites and terrestrial networks technologies are being combined and marketed as hybrid systems to consumers for enhancing market penetration of both technologies. Hybrid services have emerged as a cost-effective and feasible option for bulk users of broadcast video transport services.
The report includes a market overview, key growth drivers, product overview, product/service introductions, strategic corporate developments, and profiles of major/niche regional market participants. The report also provides annual revenue estimates and projections for the fiber-based broadcast video transport services market for the years 2006 through 2015 for both dedicated and non-dedicated services.